Spinner has made forks from the rigid days and was also the major manufacturer for pre- SRAM RockShox, so it’s fair to say that it knows a thing or two about suspension.
The Echo forks are definitely on the skinny side of things, which means noticeable twang under braking or hard cornering, and it’s competitively light for its 115mm of travel – which is extremely impressive when you consider that most forks under £200 are well over the 2kg.
Equally impressive is the fact that the top cap adjusters are anodised metal rather than plastic. The air spring makes them easy to adjust for different weights, too, and we’re happy to say that the perfectly labelled Faster/Slower SPUL rebound damping really works.
Unfortunately, the stock range is from almost locked solid to slightly too slow. They spike like hell over bigger, faster stuff, too, so you rarely get near the claimed travel. As with other ‘SPUL’ forks we’ve ridden, changing to a lighter oil sorts these problems out completely.
In other words, if you’re prepared to invest a bit of tinkering time, you can produce a usefully smooth and predictable fork for a fraction of the cost of competing units.